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With so many different hair removal kits on the market today, it can be very confusing trying to decide what you're going to use to get rid of that winter coat. Since my assistant Nicole and I have had the opportunity to test out loads of products (and we mean a lot!) we wanted to share what worked the best for us and give our top picks with different budgets and methods in mind for men and women.

1. Parissa Wax Strips

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Nicole's pick

These wax strips are the best Nicole has ever tried. Choose from different sizes and formulas for different parts of the face and body for both men and women. Simply pull them apart and use- waxing at home made easy.

They don’t require heat, work quickly because the wax is already attached and are very affordable. Once hairless (for up to six weeks), there’s no messy clean up and hardly any waste.

The only downfall of these strips is if your hands get a little wet, it can be difficult to pull the strip. But it’s nothing a towel can’t handle.

2. Tria 4X Laser at Home

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Naomi's pick

This is a real device for performing laser at home approved by the FDA for use on legs, bikini line, underarms, feet, arms, hands, chest, stomach, back and on a woman's upper lip, cheeks and chin. Of course, your skin needs to fall in right tone and it won’t work on hair that’s blonde, red, white or gray. You’ll also need to use it eight times or more.

Treatments can take a lot of time, especially if you're working on a large area because the device has a small head (see video of how Tria laser works). But you’ll be zapping away in the comfort of your own home, and priced at $449 (buy direct), I’m sure save a ton over going to a clinic or spa.

 And the results? Well, it worked great on my bikini line (read review).

3. Bliss Philips Bikini Perfect Deluxe

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Nicole's pick

Instead of buying different tools, an epilator, electric razor, and a trimmer are part of the six attachments to use pretty much anywhere on your body. You won't get the same ultra-smooth shave with the electric razor like with a manual one, but it's pretty close. If you would like the hair gone for weeks at a time, try the epilating attachment.

Although this rechargeable, cordless system is packaged and marketed to women, men will also like it (Nicole's husband sure did). It's waterproof, so save time and take it with you in the shower (read review).  

Any drawbacks? It doesn’t work well with shaving creams. The bright side is- you save money there!

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4. Shobha Sugaring Kit

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Naomi’s pick

Sugaring removes the hair from the root like waxing and lasts for weeks, but is known to be much gentler to the skin and hurt less than waxing. This kit (previously called Madhu Mini) has the same products used at the very popular Shobha salons in New York City.

You’ll get everything you need to sugar at home for about $30, including the most adorable denim strips that can be washed and re-used. Since it's heated in the microwave, you might need to re-zap the sugar to keep it the right temperature to easily remove the hair. But I think it’s well worth it.

5. Venus Bikini Razor Kit

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Nicole’s pick

Here’s a wonderful hair removal kit for an easy, groomed and hair free bikini line with a trimmer, razor and lotion for about $10. The Venus Embrace razor helps you get smooth using five blades. A separate trimmer has a protective comb that makes grooming easy and neat- no batteries required (read review). It trims to about a quarter of an inch, the perfect length needed if you're going to get a bikini wax.

Also included is a sample of Olay Moisture, a nice and light moisturizer for after the shave. The kit itself if great, but it’s still shaving, which means you'll have to continue forever!

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